Between the Woods and the Water

  • by Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Narrated by Crispin Redman
  • 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award, Silver PEN Award, 1987.The acclaimed travel writer's youthful journey - as an 18-year-old - across 1930s Europe by foot began in A Time of Gifts, which covered the author's exacting journey from the Lowlands as far as Hungary.
Picking up from the very spot on a bridge across the Danube where his readers last saw him, we travel on with him across the great Hungarian Plain on horseback, and over the Romanian border to Transylvania.The trip was an exploration of a continent which was already showing signs of the holocaust which was to come. Although frequently praised for his lyrical writing, Fermor's account also provides a coherent understanding of the dramatic events then unfolding in Middle Europe. But the delight remains in travelling with him in his picaresque journey past remote castles, mountain villages, monasteries and towering ranges.


What the Critics Say

"Between the Woods and the Water is a book so good you will resent finishing it" (Sunday Times)
"The finest travelling companion we could ever have... His head is stocked with cultural lore and poetic fancy to make every league an adventure." (Christopher Hudson, Evening Standard)


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Customer Reviews

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I wish Fermor would walk across every country on earth, and then come to a boozy dinner party and tell me about it for hours. A great story.
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- Mark Schlegel

A beautiful story and painting of Central Europe

Beautifully narrated and marvelously written. Many things are still actual in Romania and Hungary. Loved it
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- Ruxandra Taleanu

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton